Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb has spent more than 10 years watching games in Memorial Gymnasium.
She can’t recall ever witnessing an individual performance like this.
Sophomore guard Christina Foggie set career-highs with 34 points and seven 3-pointers in leading the Commodores to a 68-48 upset victory of No. 17 Georgia on Thursday night.
Her seven 3-pointers tied for the third-most in the school history. She also tied for the 12th most points in school history and most by a Vanderbilt player in more than eight years.
It couldn’t have come at a better time as Vanderbilt (15-5, 3-4) snapped the program’s first three-game losing streak in six years.
“It was her best performance and one of the best performances I’ve seen by an individual here,” Balcomb said. “I think off the dribble, her drives, were more impressive than her 3s. ... Going to the rim and putting the ball on the floor was really impressive – really impressive. I haven’t had a lot of guards who can do that: Jennifer Risper and Dee Davis. I have had two guards who have been able to do that since I have been at Vanderbilt. And they both made the WNBA and both got drafted.”
Foggie took 24 shots (and made 12) and fired off 16 3-point attempts – the second most in program history.
After missing her first three 3-pointers, she drilled three straight to get going. Her reverse layup pushed Vanderbilt ahead for good, taking a 28-26 lead with 1:23 before halftime. After the break, she caught fire and scored 21 points. Nineteen came during a 25-6 run in which Vanderbilt turned a two-point lead into a 64-43 advantage.
“Coach always encourages us to take open shots so if you miss life goes on,” said Foggie, whose previous career-high was 27 points. “So I just kept shooting and it turned out to be a lot better in the second half.”
“It didn’t look like anybody wanted to guard her,” Georgia coach Andy Landers said after pausing for 18 seconds.
Tiffany Clarke added 13 points and 12 rebounds as Vanderbilt picked up its eighth win in its last nine meetings against Georgia (16-5, 5-3).
“What we showed people [Thursday night] that we can also put them away,” Balcomb said. “The killer instinct is something we’ve struggled with. This team was very, very determined to put them away.”